9-26 DIONYSOS

9-26 DIONYSOS - DIONYSOS Lecture Outline Classics 170...

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DIONYSOS Lecture Outline Classics 170 Professor Gregory Staley KEY CHARACTERS, CONCEPTS Zeus (Jupiter in Ovid) Minyae :   Heracles , the hero whose exploits always celebrate the new Olympian order over the old traditions, came to Thebes , one of the ancient Mycenaean cities of Greece, and found that the Greeks were paying tribute of 100 cattle (a hecatomb ) each year to Erginus , king of the Minyans. Heracles attacked a group of emissaries from the Minyans, and cut off their ears, noses and hands. He then tied them around their necks and told them to take those for tribute to Erginus. Erginus quite understandably made war on Thebes, but Heracles defeated the Minyans with his fellow Thebans after arming them with weapons that had been dedicated in temples. This appalling and blasphemous behavior showed that Bronze Age rules of social decorum were over: Erginus was killed and the Minyans were forced to pay double the previous tribute to the Thebans. Lydian
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